If you’re looking for the perfect pavers for your residential driveway, porcelain might not be the first option that springs to mind.
But did you know that more and more homeowners are coming to realise that specialist outdoor porcelain slabs are actually a brilliant choice for your home’s driveway?
Product in image: SYMPHONY Plus Driveway in Charcoal
Five reasons to choose Marshalls porcelain for your driveway project
1.Porcelain adds contemporary kerb appeal
Even if the primary aim of your new driveway is to add practical space, you need to consider kerb appeal too. Looking particularly great with modern and contemporary homes, porcelain has a sleek and stylish finish, with clean lines and a smooth finish. And, because it’s a printed product, driveway porcelain can be found in a range of finishes, such as our granite-look Tempo Original.
2.Porcelain slabs are extra strong
When it comes to patios, porcelain is well known for its strength and long-term durability, and, providing you choose a good quality material, it’s the same for driveways too. Our porcelain tiles can withstand the comings and goings of even the busiest household!
3.Porcelain absorbs less water
Unlike other materials, our porcelain driveway pavers have an extremely low water absorption rate of 0.01%, which makes them resistant to stains and spillages, including petrol and diesel. They’re also well protected against unsightly growths such as mould, moss and lichen. This means you’ll be able to spend more time enjoying your space than cleaning it!
Less absorption also means that the paving isn’t put under strain from cold, wet and changing weather conditions. This makes those cold winter mornings more bearable, with less chance of slipping or skidding tyres.
4.Our driveway porcelain is fade-proof
A new driveway is an investment, and you want to make sure it stays looking good for as long as possible. So, it’s worth knowing that all of our porcelain for driveways is highly UV-resistant. The slabs are printed with premium quality inks that won’t fade, even in direct sunlight. So you can be sure your driveway will have serious kerb appeal for years to come.
5.Porcelain is easier for your installer
All Marshalls porcelain driveway slabs are rectified — cut to exactly the same shape and size. This doesn’t just give a perfect finish with uniform joint widths— it makes them easier to install. This should save you time, and potentially labour costs too.
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FAQs and common myths about porcelain paving for driveways:
Are porcelain tiles slippery and dangerous when wet?
When you think of porcelain tiles, you might be thinking of slippery ceramic tiles used on bathroom walls. Definitely not what you’d want on your drive!
Marshalls porcelain tiles for driveways are completely different: our beautifully textured tiles have an R11 anti-slip rating, which means they’re safe for use outdoors on a driveway.
They’re perfect for the British weather because they maintain their anti-slip and skid properties even in the harshest of conditions.
Are porcelain tiles strong enough to support vehicle traffic?
Porcelain is manufactured in a way that makes it exceptionally strong, dense and durable — far more so than other materials. The material has an extremely low water content, and is produced at very high temperatures, making it extra hardwearing.
Our porcelain paving slabs for driveways are also manufactured to be extra-thick — 30mm rather than the usual 20mm — and are fully technically approved for use on driveways.
Are porcelain outdoor slabs expensive?
While porcelain tiles do cost more than some other outdoor paving solutions, they’re not the bank-breaker you may have been led to believe. In terms of initial outlay, porcelain driveway slabs are already far less expensive than many kinds of natural stone.
Porcelain is resistant to water and frost, so you can expect porcelain driveway pavers to last for years.
Can porcelain tiles be used for drives?
Hopefully by now, you’ll know that the answer to this surprisingly common question is YES —Marshalls porcelain pavers are the perfect choice for a strong, beautiful and long-lasting driveway.
Product in image: Tempo Original in Steel
Already a popular choice for patios, porcelain is fast becoming a sought-after material for desirable driveways too. And, with all the factors we’ve covered above, it’s easy to see why. We hope this article has helped you with your driveway plans; if you’re looking for a professional installer to carry out the work head to our installer search page to find out which Marshalls accredited installers are based near you.